The pushback comes from Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), the senior Republican on the Senate Small Business Committee

I know its hard to believe that one person can have such an outsized impact on the legislative process, but the deference given to committees of jurisdiction and committee leaders of both parties is a traditional courtesy that has existed for many years. Its designed to promote bipartisan cooperation, particularly on legislation drafted and advanced in a bipartisan manner.

We saw this play out during the Senates consideration of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, where the bipartisan group of Senators that cut the deal with the White House resisted all amendments that didnt have support from both sides of the aisle. While this process often leads to strong bipartisan vote margins, it can also occasionally work against you if a leader of a committee of jurisdiction objects.

This is a disappointing outcome, but ACEC continues to attract more lawmakers in support of our PPP fix, which is encouraging. Moving forward, we will pursue a strategy that will both keep them engaged and enable us to enlist new supporters.

BLUF: The advocacy on our efforts for PPP Fairness is not over, but since the NDAA passed in the House on the night of 12/7/21 without the language that we needed, ACEC will be seeking other federal legislative opportunities. See below for the latest from ACEC Nationals Steve Hall.

From Steve: I wish I had better news to report, but it appears that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will be moving forward to final passage without ACECs language to address the PPP/FAR credits clause problem

Despite strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate and various committees of jurisdiction, continued opposition from the senior Republican on the Senate Small Business Committee has prevented the inclusion of ACECs language in the final version of the NDAA. This is a frustrating setback but we hope a temporary one, as we will be coordinating with our Capitol Hill allies and outside advocates to identify additional legislative vehicles early in 2022 to carry our legislation.

I know its hard to believe that one person can impact the legislative process to the extent weve witnessed in recent months, but the deference given to committees of jurisdiction and committee leaders of both parties is a traditional courtesy that has existed for many years and is intended to promote bipartisan cooperation, particularly on legislation that is being drafted and advanced in a bipartisan manner. We saw this play out during the Senate consideration of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, where the bipartisan group of Senators that cut the deal with the White House resisted any and all amendments that didnt have support from both sides of the aisle. While this process often leads to strong bipartisan vote margins, it can also occasionally work against you if one of the leaders of a committee of jurisdiction objects.

While this is a disappointing outcome, but the other reality is — with ACEC Members’ help — the list of bipartisan lawmakers supporting us continues to grow, and we want to pursue action items moving forward that will keep them engaged and enable us to enlist new supporters. Well be seeking your input as we develop our strategy going forward, but in the https://rksloans.com/title-loans-wa/ interim, please let me know if you have any questions.

This is a frustrating setback but we hope a temporary one, as were coordinating with our Capitol Hill allies and outside advocates to identify additional legislative vehicles early in 2022 to carry our legislation

Waiver of FAR Credit for Forgiven PPP Loans Passes House: ACEC’s campaign to win passage of a targeted waiver of a provision in the Federal Acquisition Regulation that is forcing A/E firms to provide credits for forgiven Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans on contracts with state departments of transportation (DOTs) got a big boost this week, as the House of Representatives passed the waiver as an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act.